Denise Findlay, M.Ed., CPCC, ACC
Educator, Facilitator and Consultant
Owner of Kweykway Consulting
Denise is a bi-cultural woman and seasoned and dynamic professional with a passion for supporting people to fulfill their potential. Denise has worked in over 120 First Nations communities and organizations throughout Canada, including her own community The Squamish Nation. Although most well known for her pioneering work in the area of Lateral Violence, Denise’s focus is on facilitating personal and community empowerment, development and wellness. Denise specializes in contemplative education, consulting and coaching. She works closely with First Nations’ Health, Child and Family Services, Education, and Leadership and is gifted at facilitating community processes. Denise sites on two Vancouver Coastal Health Advisory Committees where she provides a parent voice in regards to child and youth mental health services.
Denise believes strongly that reconciliation and healing begins with and must include a reconciliation within one’s self and one’s lived experience, and one’s family. From our centre good energy ripples out to our communities and the world we share.
Denise holds Masters Degree in Education from Simon Fraser University focusing on Contemplative Inquiry and Approaches in Education (https://denisefindlay.wordpress.com) and is a Facilitator and Course Assistant for the Neufeld Institute Institute. Denise holds a BC Provincial Instructors Diploma from VCC and is a Certified Professional Coach with advanced training in systems coaching. Denise has spent over 6 years studying Process Psychology with Dr. Stephen Schuiteveorder (www.processingconsultating.org) as her mentor. Most importantly, Denise is a truth seeker dedicated to meditation and visualization following and sharing the teachings of Mr. Tulshi Sen, International Speaker, Teacher and Author of Ancient Secrets of Success.
Denise was born and raised in North Vancouver to a mother of European decent, and a father of Coast Salish heritage. She currently resides in West Vancouver on the Capilano reserve with her husband Jay, her sons Jake and Max, and their dog Harley and cats Marshmellow and Buster. They enjoy a gentle pace together as a family where Denise is able to engage in her passions of daily writing, reading, movement and meditation.
“Indigenous community becomes a Story that is a collection of individual stories, ever unfolding through the lives of the people who share the life of that community. This large community is always a living and animate entity, vitalized when it is nourished through the attention of its tellers and its listeners. When a story finds that special circumstance in which its message is fully received, it induces a direct and powerful understanding: this becomes a real teaching.”
Denise works with…
Adults working with children… providing Consulting, Presentations and Training Courses to parents, educators and childcare providers, other helping professionals.
Indigenous Groups and Organizations including First Nations Health, Child and Family Services, Leadership, and Community providing… Facilitation, Lateral Violence Training, and Program Development.
Corporate Leaders and Teams… providing Team Building, Coaching, Empowerment &amp; Development Training, Visioning and Cultural Competency workshops.
Educators… providing Neufeld Institute Courses, Professional Development, Contemplative Education Practices, and Indigenous Ways of Knowing Sessions.